Stuff it, get out there and travel

Australia yours to check out, Thailand amazes A-Z, Cambodia awaits

I under no circumstances assumed I’d be energized to listen to an Australian accent in my residing home, telling me “Australia is yours to explore” but the first time I saw the Tourism Australia tv commercial, I hopped with joy like a kangaroo.

At final, Australia is permitting us from Singapore in, many thanks to the Vaccinated Vacation Lane arrangement, and engaging us with “fuzzy, furry, flappy, humorous mates to meet”. As I know numerous close friends that match that description, I will quickly wing my way Down Less than unless … except … someplace else opens as properly … that I can get to and return, with out quarantine.


That is the matter, it can take two to tango … but allow me not get in advance of myself right here. Focusing on the now, as all the mindfulness gurus have been advising as a way to continue being sane, I come to feel like, slowly but surely, a single by 1, the lights are coming on in Asia’s journey backyard and destinations are waking up from their enforced hibernation, and beckoning travellers again.

Thailand is rolling out its “Amazing Thailand, Amazing New Chapters” marketing campaign in abroad markets – this version was aired in the French sector on February 14. It does the whole A-Z checklist of what Thailand can offer, I’d settle for just one particular.


Malaysia, Philippines, Vietnam, Indonesia … each individual spot is generating its have overtures to worldwide travellers, with regulations that recognise travellers individually, not by international locations.

In Singapore, we have been waiting with bated breath as to whether the Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) approach will make way for a “more open” opening but it looks like we’ll have to hold out extended.

At a press meeting now, February 16, a new VTL with Hong Kong was announced, and VTL flights from Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), which have been deferred when the omicron variant came alongside, would restart, from February 25. Two-way quarantine-free of charge sea journey in between Singapore and Indonesia will also resume with the start of VTL (Sea) from Bintan and Batam.

There was a trace that VTLs could make way for the far more open up vaccinated traveller strategy but nicely, that will have to wait right until this omicron wave passes. Regional limitations are also currently being eased in Singapore but just after examining this post, my head was spinning so a lot from all the various guidelines and protocols – when to mask on, mask off, when I can sit near to my friends, when I can not – I had to get back to seeing tv with my mother.

She’s at Episode 904-a thing of a Taiwanese drama, the only factor I swear that will outlast the pandemic, and I like catching the Tourism Australia commercial since it reminds me there is a entire world out there to discover … and ordeals to immerse in as this industrial from Expedia reminds us.


Ewan McGregor telling us to eschew stuff for encounters is quite plausible – he’s the dude who, soon after all, went “Long Way Up”, a bike journey by means of Central and South America, with most effective buddy Charlie Boorman. And it resonated with me because I am happy to declare that for the duration of my month-lengthy trip, and inspite of visiting locations like New York and Paris, I did not acquire a solitary piece of stuff.

Nevertheless I discover this write-up by actor-turned-vacation author/author Andrew McCarthy significantly intriguing, due to the fact as lots of of us in Asia are liberated from the pandemic, there’s even now a great deal of concern and anxiety about travelling. What if I get Covid on my vacation, staying 1 of the most oft-asked queries?

I booked a flight to Siem Reap this week and examining all the guidelines connected in the vacation advisory that comes with my air ticket was more than enough to deliver me into hyper-anxiousness method. It is at this position most folks would say, perhaps I will just wait till this is around, but we all know now that we could conclusion up ready a very long time. And so I am off to Siem Enjoy upcoming week to revisit a area I first frequented before it had tourism and been various moments considering the fact that. I question if it will be like the 1st time?

McCarthy, ideal acknowledged for remaining element of the Brat Pack with roles in videos this kind of as St Elmo’s Hearth and Fairly In Pink, tells us how travel is his antidote for concern.

He writes, “As we enter our third calendar calendar year underneath the cloud of Covid, I have been wondering a lot about anxiety, its destabilizing, paralyzing starvation — and about travel and how we need its transformative electrical power much more than ever. In spite of the slogans early in the pandemic that “we’re all in this with each other,” so numerous of the folks I know have felt so by yourself, so isolated, so trapped, and of course, so fearful.”

So he’s absent out there to Eire and once again walked throughout Spain for a thirty day period on the Camino de Santiago, with his 19-yr-previous son. “The liberation we both of those knowledgeable was profound. The tyrannical rule of concern could not stand up beneath the drive of human connection. Optimism returned. And I’m headed to Antarctica, where by I have confidence in all that clean air and open up area to keep me harmless. The believed of encountering blue ice elicits a sense of hope that has been absent for much too extensive.”

Great to have folks like McCarthy primary the pack, McGregor telling us to get out there and practical experience, Thailand waiting around to amaze us and Australia ours to investigate. The world awaits. But initial, Cambodia, here I arrive.